HUD official to visit Tampa on Thursday touting stimulus program

Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of Barack Obama signing the $787 billion stimulus bill, a controversial piece of legislation that's merits may be debated for years.

But the administration is going on the offensive, sending out Cabinet and sub-Cabinet officials throughout the country this week to various locales touting the benefits of the government spending plan.

That means on Thursday in Tampa, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ron Sims will visit J.L. Young Apartments on North Florida Avenue.  The public housing complex, which houses elderly residents, has received energy efficient upgrades, the likes of which Sims will discuss at his appearance at 3 p.m.

Last March, HUD announced that the facility would receive $3.2 million worth new floors and roofing, bathroom fixes and other improvements.

Sims visit is one of more than 35 such appearances being made by Obama administration officials promoting what is officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that $320 billion in spending still has not been handed out of the stimulus, and an additional $195 billion in tax cuts are due to begin being issued out through tax returns.

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